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BELLA AD ON 02-16-22


Our vet has recommended that all dogs under 6 months not to spay or neuter the pups because they are too young and their bodies are not fully developed.  Adoption donation includes transport and all vaccinations, except for the Lyme—therefore, the dogs will not need to get any vaccinations for the first

ADOPTED ON 02-16-22 We’d like you to meet sweet Bella, a 6 year old Lhasa Apso mix, who is looking for her next, and hopefully her last, forever home. Bella is safe and sound with her foster mom, and we are thankful her owners turned her over to our rescue. Too often, you hear the horror stories of the cruel fates dogs endure when they are no longer wanted. Heartless people will drop them off at remote locations to fend for themselves, or bring them to overcrowded shelters where they are quickly placed on euthanasia lists, but luckily Bella escaped all that and is now patiently waiting for a new family!

Southern Foster tells us: She is a sweet and playful little girl… not at all skittish like some owner turn in dogs… she is adorable and knows how to handle pups like an old pro

Northern Foster says: Bella is so funny. She tries to flip herself upside down and then she goes crazy on one of the covers

Bella was a little worse for wear when she came to us, but it was nothing that a talented groomer couldn’t handle! Underneath was an adorable little girl with a beautiful golden and white coat who absolutely loves to be picked up and hugged.

Bella was turned in by an owner who could no longer afford to keep her, but it does appear she was loved. There’s not a mean bone in her body! Bella is spayed and microchipped, and seems to get along with everyone so far. She enjoys playing with the other foster dogs, too. She is house trained, sleeps soundly all night, and is not a finicky eater. Foster mom says there is one special thing about Bella, and that is her dancing! Foster mom calls her “Tiny Dancer”. She dances when she is happy or excited, and it’s just a delight to watch her!

Bella has one special thing and that is her dancing!
Foster mom calls her “Tiny Dancer”.

Bella’s Name         Means Beautiful; short for Isabella.
Dogs named Bella tend to be good-natured, affectionate, loving, and brave. This feminine name is also associated with intelligence, and companionship.

Bella has two syllables, which is highly recommended by dog trainers. The name also ends in a vowel sound, so it’s easy for dogs to recognize. Bella is a widely loved dog name for good reason. If you like it, go for it!

  • Bella ranks #9 with users of PupNames.com.
  • Bella ranks #1 in the New York City Dog Name Database.
  • Bella ranks #35 in the Los Angeles Times ‘Top Dogs’.

As you can see, Bella is one of the world’s most popular dog names.
Though some dogs seem like they would fit right in with your family, it is still a good idea to do some research on breeds.  The lavishly coated Lhasa Apso is a thousand-year-old breed who served as sentinels at palaces and monasteries isolated high in the Himalayas. Smart, confident, and complex, Lhasas are family comedians but regally aloof with strangers.

Standing less than a foot high at the shoulder, Lhasas are small but hardy dogs of aristocratic bearing. The breed’s fans say the dark, oval-shaped eyes peeping through lavish facial hair are the windows of a Lhasa’s merry soul. The complete picture is unmistakably exotic, elegant, and serenely well balanced. Comical, smart, and confident, the Lhasa Apso loves it’s family and is of average mental and physical need levels, making them a great fit for most families.

Lhasas do very well with older children, however, we always stress that children and dogs should never be left unsupervised for the safety of the child as well as the dog.


Bella is wonderful, and deserves a home she can call her own for the rest of her days. In return, she will bring companionship, love, and joy to her new family. Please consider opening your heart and home to this pretty girl!

Massachusetts Contacts
If you are from Massachusetts, we do not adopt to Massachusetts residents due to new laws regarding rescue dogs being prohibited from adoption.  

Please contact Patricia Cabral or Mike Cahill for questions regarding what dogs you are allowed to adopt 

Cahill, Mike
Director, Animal Health

Cabral, Patricia
Shelter and Rescue Coordinator, Animal Health

Here is a link to the list of approved rescues

Rhode Island

If you are from Rhode Island, we do not adopt RI residents due to laws regarding rescue dogs being prohibited from adoption.

All Dog and Cat rescues operating** in the state of Rhode Island are required to register with the Department of Environmental Management and to comply with Rules and Regulations Governing the Importation of Animals. This includes Rescues based outside of RI that are adopting/fostering dogs into or within Rhode Island

Please contact Marisa Coates for questions regarding what dogs you are allowed to adopt 

Marisa L. Coates
Veterinary Paramedic
Division of Agriculture
Animal Health Section
401-222-2781 x4515

List of Rhode registered rescues:

We go the extra mile for every dog and do whatever it takes to make sure that that dog finds happiness, we give 100% and more. It is what we enjoy doing and helps us wake up in the morning; we know that the dog is thankful we rescued them and thankful for their life. Finally, they will be forever remembered by our families that adopted them because they really rescued them.

See more “About the Breed”
At End of The Bio Below

This dog cannot be adopted to Massachusetts residents due to new laws regarding rescue dogs being prohibited from adoption. Please contact Patricia Cabral at: 617-626-1786 or Mike Cahill at: 617-626-1794 for questions regarding what dogs you are allowed to adopt 

ALL interested adopters MUST complete an application; agree to a vet reference check, phone interview and home visit. ALL family members MUST be in attendance for home visits – no exceptions. This helps us get to know everyone in the family so that we can help find the right dog for you 

Disclaimer: Please note that the breeds posted on our dogs’ biographies are our best guess based on years of working with rescue dogs. Adopters who need to know the exact breed or mix of breeds of a particular dog must have the dog’s DNA tested at their own expense.



RDVG wants to provide you with as much information as we can because some of our mix breeds you might not be familiar with. The below section on “About the Breed” offers information on some of the Breed Characteristics, Children & Pets, Behavior and Personality, Temperament and more.

It is important to point out that in addition to the breed, there is an enormous variety in the way a dog acts and reacts to the world around him. In the end, your dog’s preferences and personality are as individual as you are–and if you can accept that– then you’re bound to enjoy each other.

Children & Pets

Animal Behavior Guidelines

Many children, especially very young ones, do not realize that pets are living animals and not toys. Failing to teach a child how to handle pets properly can result in suffering on the part of the pet and, in some cases, injury to the child. Taking introductions slowly will allow you to introduce family dogs and your children safely

Puppy Behavior, Growth & Development

Each stage of Puppy Growth and development is fascinating; by the time it reaches its first birthday a puppy is considered a mature, adult dog. Puppy Growth rate is fast compared to humans, just compare a puppy of 8 weeks to a baby of the same age.

One of the most common questions asked about a puppy’s growth and development rate refers to the eventual size of the puppy. How big will the puppy grow? How can you determine the adult size of a puppy? A young puppy is tiny and cute – everyone loves puppies! But will the puppy be suited to your environment? How much exercise will be required for a full grown dog? Will the puppy be a suitable pet for children? The breed of the puppy will determine the answers to these questions. A general response to the size and growth rate of a puppy and the adult size of a puppy is therefore not possible – it needs to be specific to the puppy’s breed.

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Age 07-15-16 approximate
Life Average 10-14 Years
Sex Female
Weight 0-20lbs
Location Terryville CT
Breed Lhasa Apso Mix
Altered No
Fee 450
Dogs Yes
Cats Very Curious
Children 8 to 14
House Learning
Energy Medium, High
Fence Yes, Helpful
Crate Yes
Leash Learning
Car Yes
Personality Bella is so funny. She tries to flip herself upside down and then she goes crazy on one of the covers
Organization Rescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc.
Name Kris
Phone 860.940.3350
Location Preston, CT
Email rescueguardianvillage@yahoo
Facebook Rescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc.
Rescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc.